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Why Your Dog's Frailty Matters More Than You Think

Frailty is a complex syndrome of aging that involves physical, mental and emotional changes, and as such, it's a much more precise indicator of the body's condition and overall health than a dog's age by itself.

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • In human medicine, doctors who work with the elderly view frailty as a vital aspect of their care; in veterinary medicine, frailty in dogs hasn't typically measured except in the case of research and laboratory animals
  • Frailty is a complex syndrome of aging that involves physical, mental, and emotional changes; it's actually a much more precise indicator of the body's condition and overall health than age by itself
  • A team from the Dog Aging Project is working to create a canine frailty instrument for use by veterinarians and pet parents to better guide the care and treatment protocols for senior and geriatric dogs
  • The ultimate goal is to develop a three-tiered frailty instrument that includes a screening portion for owners, a scale for general practitioners and a triage scale for emergency veterinarians and specialists

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